Stars and Stripes – San Francisco – 2011

Stars and Stripes - San Francisco - 2011

I was out on San Francisco Bay yesterday for the Fleet Week Air Show with the Marin Photography Club. Here’s a shot I took in between the air show flights – this lovely old sailing vessel with a huge American flag flying off the fantail.

This image was shot with my Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L lens. It was post-processed using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 with a bit of selective color on the American flag – and a touch of blue toning overall.

If you ever have the opportunity to get out on the Bay for the Fleet Week events, do so! It was an incredible experience for me – and not just for the airplane pictures!

Special Day: Airship Over San Francisco Bay

Airship over San Francisco Bay - 2008

Some days are a lot more productive than others. We all know that. Looking back at my photo archive, this particular day – December 28, 2008 – was a very productive day for me in San Francisco. It was mostly about the weather and sky that day.

This image is one of the examples – the Airship Ventures Zeppelin above San Francisco Bay. I love the tonality in this image. An airship over the Bay is a rare event – and the cloudy weather on this late December day added much more drama to this image vs. the often boring clear blue sky!

This image was shot with my Canon EOS 40D (since sold) using a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. As I recall, the vantage point was Twin Peaks. I post-processed it first in Lightroom 3 and then in Photoshop using Nik’s Color Efex Pro 3 and then back into Lightroom for final polishing.

Another example of a special image shot this same day is this Painted Ladies image of the Victorian houses across from Alamo Square. Again, it’s the contrasty sky that adds a dimension of interest to this image along with the clarity and crispness of the homes themselves. It’s one of my personal favorites.

Many photographers talk about the special glow of morning and evening light – and I agree with them about those special times of day. But weather creates other opportunities. Living where I do near San Francisco, it’s interesting weather that gets me into the car driving up toward the City to see what I can find. These are a couple of great examples – shot on the same day in late December 2008.

Painted Ladies - San Francisco - 2008